[Disco/Pop] Lemaitre – Wait feat. LOLO

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Lemaitre
Wait feat. LOLO

While we might be a few days late to the party on this one, there was just no way we couldn’t feature Oslo electro-pop troupe Lemaitre and their latest single “Wait”; which features an alluring vocal from LOLO. A single from their forthcoming EP Singularity , due out tomorrow, July 22; “Wait” jumps off immediately with a subdued funk-guitar riff and classic piano stabs before bursting open behind LOLO’s exquisitely primed vocal track and huge snare kick. Structurally Lemaitre employs a very pop leaning backbone, but just past the tune’s halfway point, a heavy, but welcome dose of electro synth ushers in a high energy apex that meshes just wonderfully with LOLO’s infectious chorus. There just is simply nothing we can do but start dancing along to this one, which is also the reason it’s a Monday must have today. Lemaitre’s Singularity EP drops via Astralwerks, also home to Porter Robinson, Mat Zo and more TMN favorites, so be ready to get your hands on this one tomorrow.

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TeamMate – Goldmine [TMN PREMIERE]

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Goldmine

There is an endless supply of inspirational quotes we could use to lead you into TeamMate’s story. You know those quotes. They’re the ones that your friends post on your timeline or text to you when you’ve gone through a rough experience. The funny thing is, these quotes have a strong ring of truth in this particular situation.

– It’s always darkest before dawn.
- Everything happens for a reason.
- Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all

Spawning out of an unlikely situation, Scott Simons and Dani Buncher founded this two-piece indie pop act out of a break up. It all started when the two, who were boyfriend and girlfriend for a decade, were talking about growing old together. At that time, Dani felt the need to admit something, coming out to her long time boyfriend. Fast forward four years, and an intense connection and mutual love for making music helped them revive and rework their relationship, which is what we’re witnessing with TeamMate.

If we couldn’t be partners, we were going to be teammates. – Scott Simons

Today’s release is following on the heels of “Don’t Count Me Out” which featured a novel approach to sharing their lyrics with their fans via Souncloud comments. While that was an impressive way to engage fans with their music, today is all about “Goldmine,” which is a synth-driven thrill ride worth listening to on repeat.

With soaring synths harmonizing perfectly with Simons’ vocals, this song sports an intense and energetic tempo carried by Buncher’s percussion work. Fast-paced hi-hat hits mixed in over rolling toms making this song the antithesis of laid back indie rock, taking on a delightfully charged-up synth pop persona instead. The end result is something noteworthy, drawing on comparisons of Matt and Kim, Passion Pit, and The Naked and Famous.

One can’t help but get completely taken away in the engaging pop structure, easily envisioning enjoying this infectious anthem at one of the many festivals that this duo is sure to be getting booked at in the near future.

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[Music Video] alt-J – Hunger Of The Pine

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English indie trio alt-J have released a new music video for their single “Hunger Of The Pine” not unlike a nightmare most of us have had before. With a barrage of inescapable arrows chasing after him, the unfortunate soul in the video frantically and determinedly sprints through the forest in a desperate fight for his life while Joe Newman’s chilling voice coos.

Along with “Left Hand Free,” this Miley Cyrus sample laden track is another preview of alt-J’s forthcoming album, This Is All Yours, which is slated for release on September 22 in the US via Canvasback / Infectious Music. Check out the video and tour schedule below.

TOUR DATES

October 14 – Vancouver, BC – Orpheum Theater – SOLD OUT
October 15 – Seattle, WA – Paramount Theater
October 16 – Portland, OR – Roseland Ballroom – SOLD OUT
October 17 – Portland, OR – Roseland Ballroom – SOLD OUT
October 18-19 – San Francisco, CA- Treasure Island Music Festival
October 20 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theater
October 21 – Pomona, CA – Fox Theater
October 24 – San Diego, CA – Soma
October 24 – 26 – Las Vegas, NV – Life Is Beautiful Festival
October 27 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
October 28 – Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium
October 31 – Minneapolis, MN – Myth
November 01 – Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre – NEW DATE ADDED
November 02 – Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre – SOLD OUT
November 04 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom
November 05 – Dallas, TX – Southside Ballroom
November 06 – Houston, TX – Bayou Music Center
November 07-09 – Austin, TX – Fun Fun Fun Fest
November 10 – Detroit, MI – The Filllmore
November 11 – Toronto, ON – Kool Haus – SOLD OUT
November 12 – Montreal, QB – Metropolis – SOLD OUT
November 14 – Philadelphia, PA – Tower Theater
November 16 – New York, NY – Beacon Theater – SOLD OUT
November 18 – Boston, MA – Orpheum Theater
November 19 – Washington, DC – Echostage

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[Alternative/Rock] Cold War Kids – All This Could be Yours

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Cold War Kids
All This Could Be Yours

It seems Cold War Kids are in a giving mood; not even a month after frontman Nathan Willett and bassist Matt Maust released Is Exotic Bait, the debut album from their side-project French Style Furs, the Kids have revealed new single “All This Could Be Yours” to the world along with the announcement of new tour dates and an as-of-yet unnamed LP on Downtown Records this October.

The forthcoming record will be a surprisingly early addition to what has been a period of high productivity for the LA artists, with the full band’s last LP, Dear Miss Lonelyhearts, coming out only little over a year ago, followed by the EP Tuxedos last fall, and one-off single “A Million Eyes” in March.

The new album will be Cold War Kids’ fifth overall, but the first with what appears to be a new lineup following reports that drummer Matthew Aviero has been replaced by Joe Plummer, who, along with guitarist Dann Gallucci, is best known for his tenure with indie rock classics Modest Mouse, in addition to work with The Shins, Mister Heavenly, and more.

The single itself kicks off with a piano riff just as last summer’s “Miracle Mile” did, followed by Willett’s signature vocals at their most piercing and a marching pulse of percussion from Plummer. A catchy track, “All This” further pushes the boundary of anthemic pop-ness for the band, leaving fans to wonder just would could be theirs come October.

TOUR DATES

07/20 – Chicago, IL @ Rock N Roll Half Marathon
07/26 – Tulsa, OK @ The Center Of The Universe
08/29-31 – Columbus, OH @ Fashion Meets Music Festival
10/20 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
10/24 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
10/25 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
11/18 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
11/19 – Solona Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern
11/22 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst

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[Indie/Synth-Pop] Mansions on the Moon – Don’t Tell

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Don't Tell

If you’ve scrolled the pages of TMN regularly over the past few years, you may have realized that we absolutely adore most everything from alt-pop purveyors Mansions on the Moon. From their excellent Full Moon EP last year, which was championed around the TMN office as the year’s choice extended play by more than one staffer, all the way back to their first ever mixtape produced by Diplo & Benzi and everything in between; it’s safe to say we’ve been hooked on their uniquely sophisticated sound for years. Today, Ted Wendler, Ben Hazlegrove, Lane Shaw and Jeff Maccora are back with their first single in almost an entire calendar year, “Don’t Tell” and as with every passing album, we’re offered a slight shift in instrumental focus with all of the careful execution we’ve come to expect from the So-Cal troupe. Fueled by a punchy kickdrum before diving into an irresistible synth pattern and Wendler’s reverb soaked angelic refrain; “Don’t Tell” plays like just as much rooftop pop anthem as it does disco and funk fueled club number; striking a delicate balance between pop sensibilties & structure and expert musicianship. As if we weren’t already excited by this one, the real icing on the cake is that it is the lead single from an impending debut, self-titled Long Player due out on October 22, which we have been drooling for like one of Pavlov’s canines since our first taste of Mansions. About the forthcoming LP the band this to say: “The name, “Mansions On The Moon,” comes from the concept of turning a dream into reality, which for us, means making the best music we can possibly create. After countless studio sessions, nights of crashing on friends’ couches, and bus rides to mixing sessions – our Mansion On The Moon is here.” Keep your eyes on us as we’ll be following every single leading up to the LP’s official release, but until then, enjoy “Don’t Tell” above.

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[Disco] Hannah Georgas – Somebody (Avenue Remix)

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Hannah Georgas
Somebody (Avenue Remix)

It’s hard not to fall in love with Hannah Georgas’ subdued, sultry and emotional tune “Somebody.” With a understated pop structure reminiscent of other notable indie acts like The Whitest Boy Alive, Oh Land and Feist, there’s an undeniable charm that commands you to listen and get lost.

It’s hard to get into a remix when you’re enamored with the original. There’s always a brief moment of anxiety where you say, “did they ruin it?” If you’re asking that question right now, we can assure you that Toronto-based Avenue has done this track up proper. Once you press play, any feelings of anxiety will melt into cool, groovy disco.

Adding a nice, danceable tempo, some 70′s style synths and bassline, “Somebody” maintains it’s lovelorn message and initial appeal, yet takes on a whole new form. Transformations like this are hard to do, but we’ve come to expect nothing less from this newcomer. Case in point: their remix of Tears for Fears’ “Shout,” which recently climbed the ranks of the Hype Machine, gaining that coveted number 1 spot.

Keep your eyes on both Hannah Georgas and Avenue, as they’re both artists that you’re sure to hear more of as the years roll on.

 

 

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We The Wild – Trampoline (LVLF Remix) [TMN PREMIERE]

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Trampoline

We’re almost through one hell of a week in music, and it looks like today isn’t going to provide any breaks. For that, we couldn’t be more grateful. Premiering here on TMN this morning, “Trampoline,” the alt-pop tune from UK based We The Wild has a whole new look, and it’s pretty damn catchy.

Ant West and Casey Roarty have one of those tales we see over and over in the music industry. Starting at the young age of 15, these two kicked off their musical endeavor at the age of 15, much like the indie rock giants Two Door Cinema Club. It wouldn’t be until 2013 that they began writing what we know as We the Wild, which launched with a self-written and produced EP, Vol 1. Following some tremendous success, we’re now on the brink of Vol II, which is due out July 28th.

“Trampoline,” has a somewhat laid-back vibe, instrumentally, which is paired up with an undeniable lyrical intensity. With calming breaks filled with unique percussion, the choruses are left to shine, leaving a lasting imprint in the listener’s mind.

Taking this tune in a whole new direction, while still maintaining it’s robust character is no easy feat, yet London/Los Angeles-based four-piece LOVELIFE (LVLF for short) have done just that. Adding in a melodic synth progression and some repetitious piano chords, “Trampoline” is bounced into a whole new world. While it takes on a stronger indie-pop personality, the utilization the original vocal stems and vocal percussion leaves an indisputable connection to the original.

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